§ Mr. Ralph Howell
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if she will list all the benefits/allowances which includes an element for child support; if she will show in each case the value of the increases awarded for each additional child; and if she will compare these with current rates of family allowance.
Benefit or allowance Value of increase for each additional child Unemployment benefit— (1) where the beneficiary is under pensionable age £2.00 a week (2) where the beneficiary is over pensionable age £5.00 a week Sickness benefit— (1) where the beneficiary is under pensionable age £2.00 a week (2) where the beneficiary is over pensionable age £5.00 a week Invalidity pension £5.00 a week Maternity allowance £2.00 a week Widow's allowance £5.00 a week Widowed mother's allowance £5.00 a week Retirement pension £5.00 a week Child's special allowance £5.00 a week Non-contributory invalidity pension £5.00 a week Injury benefit £2.00 a week Disablement benefit (unemployability supplement) £5.00 a week Industrial death benefit Higher rate … … £5.00 a week Lower rate … … £2.00 a week Guardian's allowance £6.50 a week† Supplementary benefit* Age under 5 … … £3.10 a week Age 5–10 … … £3.75 a week Age 11–12 … … £4.60 a week Age 13–15 … … £5.60 a week Age 16–17 … … £6.70 a week Age 18 and over … £8.70 a week Family income supplement* Amounts payable for the family vary up to a maximum of £7 a week where there is one child; the maximum is increased by £0.50 for each extra child. War widow's pension £5.70 a week where family allowance is payable. £6.55 a week where family allowance is not payable. Motherless and fatherless children (war pensions scheme). Under 15— £5.70 a week where family allowance is payable. £6.70 where family allowance is not payable. Over 15— £7.20 a week where family allowance is payable. £8.20 a week where family allowance is not payable. Unemployability supplement (war pensions scheme) £5.00 a week Additional treatment allowance (war pensions scheme). £5.00 a week Basic war disability pension Between 8p and 38p a week according to degree of pensioner's disablement.‡ * Family allowances would be taken into account of an award. † Family allowances are not payable in respect of children attracting guardian's allowance. ‡ Increase is not affected by family allowances.